Photographers know that shooting panoramas enables you to show the viewer more of the scene and the very best pano images of the year have been recognised by the EPSON International Pano Awards.
Now in its 11th year, 2020’s competition saw over 5859 entries from 1452 photographers in 96 countries – a record for the contest. Picking up this year’s overall winner of the 2020 Open Competition title was Matt Jackisch from Canada with a fine-art frame entitled ‘Spring Hibernation’. Commenting on the image, Matt explained; ‘I spent a blissful day snowshoeing in the BC Coastal Mountains in March. With such a deep snowpack, it was still very wintery up high. I find the more time I spend alone in nature, the quieter my mind gets. The quieter my mind gets, the more subtleties I notice in my surroundings. I only saw this tree because of that state of being. This image was a product of solitude and mindfulness.’
The runner-up in the 2020 Open Competition was Colin Leonhardt from Australia, who took the runner up spot for his abstract pano entitled; ‘‘Mine Waste’, with the aerial image captured above Collie, Western Australia.
The overall winner of the 2020 Amateur Competition was Juan López Ruiz from Spain, who took the title for his image, entitled ‘Light and Dark on the Towers’, which was taken in the Cuatro Torres financial complex in Madrid, Spain. Juan commented; “This shot is a view of two of the four skyscrapers that make up the Cuatro Torres financial complex in Madrid. I really liked the composition of the towers along with one of the canopies in the area. I took the image thinking of doing digital black and white processing and enhancing the contrast by adding shadows and light to create a more impressive image.”
Runner up in the Amateur Competition went to fellow Spaniard, Carlos F. Turienzo, who captured an amazing panorama, entitled ‘Janela’ at Madeira Island in Portugal.
Placing high in the Open Nature Landscape category was US photographer Manish Mamtani, who captured this epic frame, entitled ‘Dragon Eye’, in Iceland.
The Highest Scoring Gigapixel Image went to UK photographer Jason Denning for an image entitled ‘The HDB’. Jason’s clever framing shows an apartment block in Singapore.
The 2020 Curator’s Award went to Armand Sarlangue from France for a haunting frame entitled ‘Convergence in the dark’, which was captured in Central Utah Badlands.
The Highest scoring panoramic image captured on a smartphone was taken by US photographer Tyler Lekki, who shot ‘Cam just for the sunrise’ in Patagonia El Chalten in Argentina.
And finally, the highest scoring Vertical panorama image went to Mohammed Rahman from Australia for this intense frame entitled ‘Quite in the riverbank’, which was captured in Bangladesh.